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We want to build a network of composting hubs right across Auckland, to give everyone the opportunity to compost and help keep organic waste out of landfill. We want to make it even easier for everyone, including those who don’t have the use for compost at home, or the space to make it. 

We currently have three Community Composting Hubs running as pilots, to evaluate how best to meet our community needs:

Hope Teaching Garden, Riverbank Road, New Lynn and EcoMatters Organic Teaching Garden, Olympic Place, New Lynn, supported by EcoMatters.

For more information, please email [email protected]

Engine Bay Nursery, Hobsonville Point, supported by Kaipātiki Project.

For more information, please email Judith: [email protected] 

Looking for an existing community compost hub in your neighbourhood to drop off your food scraps? Check out our information about donating to community compost hubs here. 


Keen to set up a community composting hub? We have the following support available to help you get started:

– Free advice from a Composting Collective facilitator in your local area

– Free composting workshops, fact sheets and other resources, and information   about composting in schools

– Use ShareWaste to find existing hubs in your neighbourhood

– Financial support through our Community Composting Fund

Resource list of composting tools/items you may need


If you are setting up a community composting hub, Compost Collective has funds available to help support you.

The Community Composting Fund is available to help people compost food and garden waste locally within their own neighbourhood. Communities to us are community gardens, urban farms, organisations, schools, and businesses, basically anywhere where the people in your community can come and drop off food scraps and garden waste for composting.

Anyone based in Auckland can apply to the Community Compost Fund, which can be used for the following expenses only:

* Contact your local Compost Collective facilitator for DIY resources and replacement parts for DIY systems, including buckets and wheelie bins available for free or low cost. The facilitators also have access to printed factsheets (in many different languages and for each main composting system).

** If this app is funded for you, we also ask for your hub’s diversion data to be shared with us.

If you have a query about something that is not on this list, but necessary to grow your compost hub, please email [email protected].

Please note this fund can be applied for in tandem with Auckland Council’s WMIF (Waste Minimisation and Innovation Fund).

We have created a resource list with items that may help you in setting up your own community composting hub. While we don’t endorse particular brands, we have included generic items with rough prices to give you an idea of cost when applying for our fund. We hope you find this useful.

View the Resource List here.


To apply for the Community Composting Hub Fund, fill in the online application form below. Applications are processed on a weekly basis, so you’ll hear back within seven business days if your funding is approved.

When completing the application form, please give us as much information as you can about your compost hub. This will help us to provide you with the best support for your hub, which might include other free resources. 


Once your application is approved, you can go ahead and purchase your items. After you have spent the amount of funding allocated to your hub, you will need to fill in our accountability form and include receipts and photos of your hub. Once we have received and approved your accountability form, we will reimburse up to the agreed amount of funding for any items on the above list.


– Funding is available for hubs in the Auckland region

– Up to $500 funding is available per composting hub, per financial year

– Only approved expenses as listed above are eligible for funding

– Hubs must register on ShareWaste NZ as a host accepting food scraps*

– Funding is not available for systems that are for private use only

– Wages/contractor payments are not eligible for reimbursement

– We will connect you with your local Compost Collective Facilitator, so they can offer you ongoing support and advice 

– You must have a process in place for accepting food scraps from the community which includes following all essential health and safety guidance. EcoMatters has developed health and safety risk assessment templates for large scale Bokashi, worm farms, and traditional composting systems.

*If this is not an option for you, please let us know when applying for the grant.

If you have any questions about funding and compost hubs, please get in touch with us via email at [email protected] or contact your local facilitator.